April 2017
April 18, 2017 ▪ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
20 Cooper Square, 2nd Floor,
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Dadaab Is a Place on Earth

Dadaab is a Place on Earth: Architecture in the Twilight of the World’s Largest Refugee Camp

April 18, 2017 ▪ 6:00 pm

This moderated discussion concerns architecture and emergency urbanism in history, focusing on the constructed environment of the UNHCR-administered refugee camp complex at Dadaab, Kenya, near the border with Somalia. Paradoxical for its scale and epheme­­­rality together, the Dadaab complex at once approaches and resists being “urban,” on the one hand, and a “camp,” on the other. Established in 1991 to shelter thirty thousand refugees, the Dadaab complex expanded over the course of a quarter century to five settlements with a…

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